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#472 of 689 Re: 2012 focus auto trans [tim156]
Jan 19, 2012 (12:43 pm)
i hate to burst your bubble here but recently i test drove a 2012 ford focus SE with the convienence package that included cruise control and MFT as well as the sync system. this car according to the door still plates was recently built on 11/28/11..the salesman assured me before the test drive that all the bugs have been worked out with the dual-clutch tranny issues and have been re-programmed.with this in mind i took the focus out for a test drive and couldn't believe what i was feeling right off the bat...jerking,grinding,pulling,..infact,i almost got rear-ended pulling out of the dealership because of the lack of low end power due to the tranny.needeless to say,the salesman felt embarreseed after he had just told me that the issues with the tranny have been fixed.i returned the focus to the dealer and this test drive for me was over and i have made a vow to never again either test drive or even consider another ford product.
#473 of 689 '07 Focus Transmission solenoid
Jan 20, 2012 (12:25 pm)
Last night my OD light started flashing orange so i went to AutoZone, they tested my Focus and it came back saying: Solenoid A stuck closed. Is this the same problem that everyone else has been mentioning, or is this something diferent all together. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance
#474 of 689 04 FOCUS AUTO TRANSMISSION
Jan 22, 2012 (4:36 am)
Hi i have a 04 focus and have hit a problem with my transmission. When putting the car into drive
the car pulls away ok but then the car over revs at the top of first gear` seems to loose drive then suddenly shoots into the remainder of the gears and then drives without a problem until you again slow down into the lower range or come to a stop can anyone outhere help me please d the problem returns.
#475 of 689 The 2012 Transmission Works Fine
Feb 01, 2012 (9:12 am)
I hate to burst Steven39's bubble, but Thunderbird is absolutely right. I just bought an 2012 SEL yesterday and the transmission works fine. Worked fine during the test drive, but just to be sure I asked them before taking delivery to ensure that all software updates have been made. They said after checking into it they realized one was just issued with TSB 12 1 04 so they made that update. They apparently then drove it for a while so the transmission re-learned or whatever because the car had 34 miles on it when I took delivery. But it drove great on the 50 mile drive home. The best part of this transmission (besides the claimed 5-10% increase in efficiency, or decrease in losses, however you want to look at it) is that power delivery is uninterrupted during acceleration. Even with a true automatic you get some interruption, but this one's is imperceptable. Granted, I just got it so I'll post an update in a couple weeks but so far the car drives and looks great!
#476 of 689 Re: The 2012 Transmission Works Fine [kam327]
Feb 01, 2012 (9:15 am)
Sorry I should've said Tim156 is absolutely right.
#477 of 689 2012 - Neutral Coast Down
Feb 05, 2012 (8:59 am)
I've read that with the dual clutch transmission the clutches are supposed to disengage when you hit the brakes and coast. I've had mine for about a week now and I haven't noticed the engine RPM drop immediately after I hit the brakes and coast. RPM reduces gradually as if the clutches are still engaged. My car was built in 12/11 and has the latest software update (01/12) and I wonder if Ford eliminated this feature to help fix the low speed clunking and hunting problems in early builds. My only concern being that while they improved the smoothness of the transmission they may have hurt fuel economy. Anyone have any knowledge on this?
#478 of 689 Re: 2012 - Neutral Coast Down [kam327]
Feb 05, 2012 (2:15 pm)
I do not have any Knowledge specific to the design parameters of Fords new Tranny. However I do not believe that in just touching the brake ever so slightly that the engine would become diengaged ( auto matic neutral ) from the wheels. I cannot believe that any transmission in this day and age would be set up that way. It is unsafe and you would wear out your brakes very soon.
I did have a 1965 SAAB which had that feature ( actually it was designed to disengage as you lifted off the throttle). The driver had the option of using this or not, in hilly country this was definitly not a good thing to do. I'm not sure why they had this feature, I would imagine that because we were dealing with a 2 cycle engine on the SAAB, and the nature of its throttle action deceleration was a bit wierd with the transmission locked up. Acceleration was not great feature but I loved the engine building from "piddling" torque through screaming revs, similar to the Motorcycles of that era.
Now considering This new Ford tranny, we have a much more sophisticated device, enabled with dual clutches, and a computer doing thousands of calculations. Evidently there are upgrades to the computers' program which are being applied to earlier cars coming off the line. It is possible as well that the programming will also adjust itself, at least this is what one of the reps told me.
As some of the contributers to this blog have argued, they do not feel comfortable not being in complete control of the tranny . "Each to their own "
#479 of 689 Re: 2012 - Neutral Coast Down [markus5]
Feb 05, 2012 (3:55 pm)
It's not the same as a true automatic going into neutral since an automatic doesn't have a clutch. In this case the clutch would disengage when tapping the brakes and coasting, just like depressing the clutch pedal on a true manual except that on the Focus's dual clutch automated manual the computer is doing it. Here is how Ford described it in their 2009 press release on the transmission:
Neutral coast down – The clutches will disengage when the brakes are applied, improving coasting downshifts and clutch robustness as well as reducing parasitic losses for increased fuel economy.
I remember reading on a blog somewhere someone talking about that, tapping the brakes and the engine rpm's going down to idle even if you're coasting at 50 mph, and I guess as soon as you depressed the accelerator again the clutch would reengage and the engine rev.
#480 of 689 Hillside Assist
Feb 14, 2012 (11:27 am)
2012 Focus Titanium (built 12/2011). I have noticed a marked difference when starting from a standstill that if I immediately go from Brake to Gas (even gently) it takes a second to engage then seems to jump once the brakes disengage/clutch engages as I have almost applied to much throttle anticipating a response. But if I am just a bit patient and release the brake give it a second then apply the throttle there is almost no lag or drag, just a normal feeling of acceleration. Just wondering if this is the Hillside Assist being too helpful and if there is a way to disengage it. It can be irritating when you want to be sporty, or try to be economy conscience and don't time it right.
#481 of 689 Re: 2012 focus auto trans [steven39]
Feb 17, 2012 (9:04 am)
Over the holidays I spent considerable time looking at vehicles for my grandson. Mazda3, Civic, Subaru Impreza and the new Focus were considered.
I had concerns about the Focus transmission from what I had read. I drove all the vehicles, including three different Focus models and never felt any transmission problems like yours.
Grandson is now driving 2012 Focus, first 1,000 miles have been trouble free and he loves the vehicle.
What did you end up buying?